The Very Best of the Modern Jazz Quartet [Music Brokers]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Recorded live in the early '60s, this set might be misnamed -- perhaps it should have been called The Best of the Modern Jazz Quartet Live or some such. That said, there is no doubt that what is here is not only solid, but at times spectacular. The live renditions of material from MJQ's Atlantic period, such as "The Comedy" and "Midsummer," are close to definitive recorded performances. Of the earlier material played with this much maturity -- "Django," "How High the Moon," and "Bluesology" (all date from the group's Prestige period in the 1950s) -- it can be said that the new rhythmic and harmonic inventions are the work of a group still pushing the envelope of even the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Recorded live in the early '60s, this set might be misnamed -- perhaps it should have been called The Best of the Modern Jazz Quartet Live or some such. That said, there is no doubt that what is here is not only solid, but at times spectacular. The live renditions of material from MJQ's Atlantic period, such as "The Comedy" and "Midsummer," are close to definitive recorded performances. Of the earlier material played with this much maturity -- "Django," "How High the Moon," and "Bluesology" (all date from the group's Prestige period in the 1950s) -- it can be said that the new rhythmic and harmonic inventions are the work of a group still pushing the envelope of even the familiar. This is a stellar gig, the sound is quite good, and the price is certainly right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2006
  • Label: Music Brokers Arg
  • EAN: 7798093710397
  • Catalog Number: 6039
  • Sales rank: 250,394

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 How High the Moon (5:50)
  2. 2 Django (4:05)
  3. 3 Animal Dance (4:36)
  4. 4 Bluesology (2:12)
  5. 5 Midsummer (5:20)
  6. 6 The Comedy (22:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Modern Jazz Quartet Primary Artist
Milt Jackson Vibes
Connie Kay Drums
Percy Heath Bass
John Richard Lewis Piano
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